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First Draft Theatre Company Presents A Public Kind of Privacy

Writer: Dougie Blaxland

Director: Ariella Eshed

Cast: Caroline Duffy, Rea Johnston, Sarah Pemberton, David Trevaskis

Tour dates:

25 and 26 May: The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. Tel. 07786984900

7 June: The Rondo Theatre, Bath. Tel. 01225 463362

8 and 9 June: The Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol. Tel. 0117 9467899

10 - 29 July 2007 at 7.30pm: The White Bear Theatre, Kennington. Tel. 0207 7939193

A Public Kind of Privacy, a political satire by award-winning writer Dougie Blaxland, will be staged by First Draft Theatre Company at The White Bear Theatre, London from 10th to 29th July, following its opening at The Marlborough Theatre Brighton in May and a tour of the West Country in June. The play which was first staged by First Draft in July 2006 as one of the company's monthly shows has now been developed as a full length production with the support of an Arts Council grant.


Set in a shadowy and sinister political landscape with obvious parallels to Orwell's 1984, A Public Kind of Privacy explores the theme of institutional corruption in a most original way.


The mainspring for this compelling drama is the meteoric rise of a young politician to high office. Her promotion, however, has less to do with her ability than with a fashionable preference for novelty and fresh faces. From the outset she grapples with the all-pervasive influence of “Himself”, an unseen political leader and puppet master who seeks to control everything within his crumbling administration as if by “remote”.


With echoes of Faustus, the protagonist faces uncomfortable truths from her past as she struggles to reconcile conscience and ambition.


“This play is ambitious and provocative: A Public Kind of Privacy presents a clear and passionate indictment of those who betray themselves through their hunger for power. It is a successful and confrontational piece of theatre.” The Soho Theatre April 2007


Dougie Blaxland was the winner of the Margaret Langford Award in the New Plays UK Festival 2004 for his play Moving in and Taking Over. He also won The Pomegranate New Writing Festival in 2006 for She's Gone Then. His plays Going Down and Chauntecleer and Pertelotte are currently on tour with Badlands Theatre Company. He has 8 plays published by New Theatre Publications as follows: Leaving Samson, Hitching Rides Home, Hatching Vain Empires, Moving in and Taking Over, Crisis, Going Down, A Hostage Close to Home and Redeeming Lizzie Reeve.


Ariella Eshed is an established, international theatre director based in London . She recently directed Crocodile Seeking Revenge at The Lyric Hammersmith for Ice and Fire Theatre Company. She is the Artistic Director of Tik-sho-ret and her production of Ya'akobi and Leidental was staged at The Hampstead Theatre in February 2006. Her other credits include: A Love with No End (CPT and The Old Red Lion), Hard Love (The Hampstead Theatre), Voices From Israel (The Soho Theatre), The Bald Prima Donna (The Young Vic).